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The National Health Insurance (NHI), for which membership will be compulsory, is a funding scheme that aims to address healthcare inequity in South Africa. The scheme will do this by creating a fund that the government will use to buy healthcare services at set fees from accredited public and private health providers. The NHI Act was signed into law on 15 May 2024 but before it will come into effect, Parliament will need to enact further legislation (including ones providing for its funding).

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Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill

Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.

On 21 June, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill for public comment. The draft legislation proposes, among other changes, to allow the minister to restrict medical aid benefits to prevent duplication with those offered by the National Health Insurance Fund. The Bill also proposes caps for medical aid contributions.